South Texas Catholic (Corpus Christi, Tex.), Vol. 26, No. 6, Ed. 1 Friday, February 8, 1991 Page: 1 of 16
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VoS, XXVI, No. 6
Serving the Diocese of Corpus Osristi Since 1966
Military chaplains from the diocese
to give support to Desert Storm
Editor's mte: the following is the first
story about priests from the Diocese of
Corpus Chris ti who serve as military chap-
lains—both on active duty and in the re-
By EacheUe Ramon
CORPUS CHRISTI—As Operation
Desert Storm enters its second month,
more and more people are being directly
affected by the war—either through a call
to active duty for themselves or for their
Catholics in the Diocese of Ccapus Christi
are among those being called to serve, as
two priests prepare to leave next week for
separate Naval bases. And others, includ-
ing a 20- year-old Kingsville native, are
paying the most costly price of freedom—
the loss of their lives.
Marine Lance Cpl. Arthur 0. Garza, the
first Marine casualty of the war from Texas,
was buried Feb. 4 at Santa Gertrudis
Memorial Cemetery, following a funeral
Mass at St. Martin’s Church.
Father John Wojtasczyk, parochial vicar
of SL Philip the Apostle Church, and Fa-
ther Bruce Chabot, parochial vicar of Cor-
pus Christi Cathedraf—both chaplains in
die Navy Reserves—-received their orders
recently to report for duty in support of
Operation Desert Storm,
Father Wojtasczyk plaits to leave Feb.
11 for a naval base in Rota, Spain, where is
is replacing the Catholic chaplain who had
been sent to the Persian Gulf. Father Ch-
abot is also leaving early next week, but to
California, where he will be one of six
chaplains (the only priest) at the naval
hospital in Oakland, outside San Fran-
cisco. I '
Both said they arc ‘‘excited and con-
cerned” about the prospect of serving in
the Persian Gulf, admitting that their families
are also concerned. But at the moment
See Chaplains, page 8
Ministries Day Conference
Laity challenged to transform the
world through various ministries
By EacheUe Ramon
CORPUS CHRISTI—’To ‘Transform the
Wor!d...By the Power of the Gospel” was
the challenge facing over 1,500 lay people
.(hiring the second annual Ministries Day
Conference Jan. 19 in Corpus Christi and
Jan. 20 in Laredo.
Sponsored cohaboratively by several di-
ocesan departments, the conference fea-
tured a keynote address by Father Patrick
Brennan on “The Evangelizing Parish in
the ’90s” aoda host of wor kshops, rangi ng
from early ctiFdftood education to the call
to liturgical ministry.
Missionary Catechist of Divine Provi-
dence Sister Victoria Pastrano, assistant
director of the Office of Evangelization,'
said the purpose of the annual conference
is to “help our people see the value of all
ministries provided” through the Church.
“Each ministry has a purpose and a
thrust,” she continued, “but all ministries
are geared for the final purpose of bringing
about the reign of God.”
In his address, Father Brennan, since
1980 the director of the Evangelization
Office for the Archdiocese of Chicago,
discussetMfie need for evangelizing parish
communities in thisdecade, Hecitcd many
sources, including a recent Gallup poll,
which indicated that in parishes today them
is a “crisis of believing versus belonging."
The priest continued, “Evangelization
See Ministries, page 3
Sister Luz Dohez, MJMJ, associate director of vocations, shows apamphiet to (left)
Kara Enioc and Martha Vasquez, parishioners of Christ the King Church:-'Cprpus
Christi, ailhe second annual Ministries Day Conference. (STC photo by Radheile
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Priests were enriched
Editor's note: the following is the sec-
ondstory about the Diocese of Corpus
Ckristi’s support of the missions in Ar-
teaga, Mexico, and the people who minis-
By Paula Espitia
STC staff writer
CORPUS CHRISTI—The time spent in
Arteaga “was among the most enriching
^rime in my priesthood,” said Father Tom
McGcitrick, who is presently episcopal
what I did for the people but what they did ;
Father McGettrick’s words reflect the
feeling of many of the diocesan priests
who served the parish of San Isidro Labra-
dor aari s 42y illages for the past 17 years.
^ As o. Feb'.Tythe Diocese of Austin will
i be continmng dte ministry as this diocese
i leaves Artcag^ AVhile Bishop John Mc-
Carthy of Austin said he is enthitsiastic
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